Mayor Greg Fischer and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville announced today the third annual Mayor’s Week of Valor — a week-long series of events to honor and celebrate the contributions of active-duty military, veterans and their families.
Coinciding with Veterans Day, Week of Valor events focus on honoring veterans’ contributions to their country and facilitating their successful transition back to civilian life.
“The willingness of brave people to serve and sacrifice for this country is an essential part of the American character,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I’m encouraging citizens from across the city to attend Week of Valor events and to show support for military members, veterans and their families.
“It’s our goal to make Louisville the most supportive and responsive community in the nation for our veterans.”
The 2016 Week of Valor will feature 14 educational, patriotic, community or civic events in Louisville from Friday through Nov. 13. Citizens are encouraged to recognize, support and honor veterans.
Events include a Veterans Wellness Expo on Saturday and the Run With Our Heroes 5K on Sunday.
On Friday, Nov. 11, the Veterans Day Parade will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Louisville from Third to Sixth streets. The parade welcomes all military personnel and veterans, either in groups or as individuals, to participate. (There is no cost to enter; participants are asked to contact Dell Courtney at (502) 228-5237 to register.)
A full schedule of events is attached or can be found at http://louisvilleky.gov/weekofvalor.
Veterans Thank You Day
Veterans Wellness Expo
Night of Heroes for Veterans with PTSD
Run With Our Heroes 5K
2016 Kentucky Veterans of the Year Banquet
Kentucky Veterans of Vietnam War Film
Veterans Appreciation Event
Veteran TSES Job Fair
Man on TV/Shakespeare with Veterans
6th Annual Veterans Day Parade
Pearl Harbor Commemoration and Exhibit Opening
Veteran Charity Walk & Screening of the New Documentary: The USS Indianapolis
2016 VA Welcome Home Event
Family, Food, & Fellowship Dinner
The Mayor’s Week of Valor is supported by the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL). VCAL is an initiative launched in 2014 by a group of young professionals participating in Leadership Louisville’s IGNITE program in conjunction with Volunteers of America of Kentucky and Seven Counties Services. Now operating with an advisory board comprised of more than two dozen individuals representing corporate, non-profit, government and civic organizations,VCAL’s mission is to create an integrated network of support for veterans and their families by coordinating services, resources and initiatives to increase communication across organizational lines, enhance quality and delivery of service and promote veteran-friendly community relations in Louisville.
To learn more about Mayor’s Week of Valor events and the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville, visit www.vcalouisville.org.